The research is in. While working from home has been for many, a more positive experience than ever expected, remote working has not delivered well on collaboration, training and support, nor has it helped us create a shared, common purpose. We may all be productively tapping away on our laptops but over the longer term, how well we work together and achieve common goals is the essence of a successful organisation or community.
Offices and places of work create communities with shared experiences. It is the ‘water cooler’ conversation that sparks a new idea, the common complaints on the state of the kitchen, or the sometimes-awkward social events that build relationships and smooth the way to getting things done.